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Old May 13th 2012, 3:57 pm
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Originally Posted by Jan Alaska View Post
I started off wanting to visit all 50 states, so far I've seen Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Arizona, California, Nevada, Florida, Colorado and of course Alaska. This leaves most of the South and North East, bible belt and tornado alley. Now thinking about this I realise there's states I really won't be bothered if I miss, namely Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Iowa, New Jersey, even NY city doesn't really appeal to me.
Next on the to-do list is Oregon with maybe a foray into Northern California.

In a similar way there's parts of the UK I've never seen for no other reason than they really never appealed to me.
Know what you mean about not bothered about "missing" states - some just don't appeal to me. Arkansas was on that list for me too, but we ended up spending 3 weeks there last summer and I loved it. Very friendly, lots of good outdoorsy stuff to do, the State Park system is great - even Little Rock was a lot nicer than I expected. So now I've got some reconsidering to do........
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Old May 14th 2012, 12:11 am
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Originally Posted by Primula View Post
Nope.
I think Puerto Rico counts.

Alaska, Oregon and Washington in one trip? I think I could safely spend the rest of my life exploring those three States.

I always think it's a bit pointless just visiting a State to say you've been to that State because some States differ quite markedly. For example northern Idaho is very different from southern Idaho (so much so they keep talking about splitting the State in half). Arizona has all kinds of different climates, so does Utah.

I've actually got to a point where I don't really look at the map the way most people do, I consider everything in the mountain time zone going west as one place, whether it's Canada, the US or Mexico.
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I've actually got to a point where I don't really look at the map the way most people do, I consider everything in the mountain time zone going west as one place, whether it's Canada, the US or Mexico.
That could lead to some interesting conversations at the border
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Originally Posted by Steve_ View Post
I always think it's a bit pointless just visiting a State to say you've been to that State because some States differ quite markedly.
I agree - its a bit like the "I've done Europe because I did a 14 country, 11 day visit there 10 years ago" mentality
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Quite embarrassingly, the only state outside of California I've been to is Nevada for obvious reasons.

Although the 2 hours I've stayed in Phoenix is all I will ever want to experience of Arizona in its entirety ever. Ever ever ever ever.
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Although the 2 hours I've stayed in Phoenix is all I will ever want to experience of Arizona in its entirety ever. Ever ever ever ever.
There's got to be a story in there somewhere.......?
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Originally Posted by SalopianFunk View Post
Quite embarrassingly, the only state outside of California I've been to is Nevada for obvious reasons.

Although the 2 hours I've stayed in Phoenix is all I will ever want to experience of Arizona in its entirety ever. Ever ever ever ever.
So, you don't wish to visit the Grand Canyon, then?

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So, you don't wish to visit the Grand Canyon, then?

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I always think it's a bit pointless just visiting a State to say you've been to that State because some States differ quite markedly. For example northern Idaho is very different from southern Idaho (so much so they keep talking about splitting the State in half). Arizona has all kinds of different climates, so does Utah.
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I agree - its a bit like the "I've done Europe because I did a 14 country, 11 day visit there 10 years ago" mentality
So does that invalidate the "I've been to X state" discussions entirely?

It brings up the question as to what it takes to be able to say you've "visited" a state. For me, I've got to at least have had a pee while I was there. On the other hand, if the threshhold was increased to a poo then I'd lose two states right there (Arkansas and Wisconsin).
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So does that invalidate the "I've been to X state" discussions entirely?

It brings up the question as to what it takes to be able to say you've "visited" a state. For me, I've got to at least have had a pee while I was there. On the other hand, if the threshhold was increased to a poo then I'd lose two states right there (Arkansas and Wisconsin).
Ah, but does it still count if its a pee/poo at the airport on a long layover....or on the Empire Builder on the way through....
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Ah, but does it still count if its a pee/poo at the airport on a long layover....or on the Empire Builder on the way through....
Airports clearly don't count, at least if you stay airside. I've never had to worry about how much you have to do landside as I don't have any states that hinge on this.

Passing through on the Empire Builder... I'd say that if it was an old-style train where, when you flush, your waste hits the track then this would definately count. However I believe that modern Amtrak trains have retention tanks so that your deposits are captured and actually transported outside of the state that you are trying to claim - clearly far from ideal.

I know that long-distance trains often have extended stops at a couple of locations where the engines receive fuel, carriages water etc. If these are conveniently-located then they may provide an excellent opportunity for me to be 'in motion' when the train itself is not.

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Ah, but does it still count if its a pee/poo at the airport on a long layover....or on the Empire Builder on the way through....
I have a "Stepped-Foot In" List and a "Spent The Night In" List.


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I have a "Stepped-Foot In" List...
And so you wish me to amend my criteria to "poo in a toilet"?
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Passing through on the Empire Builder... I'd say that if it was an old-style train where, when you flush, your waste hits the track then this would definately count. However I believe that modern Amtrak trains have retention tanks so that your deposits are captured and actually transported outside of the state that you are trying to claim - clearly far from ideal.
Now this raises another issue.....say you board in New York, dump to a retention tank going through Ohio and get off in South Dakota, but the train continues on to California before emptying the holding tanks, can you still claim California?

Interesting that this discussion didn't start till post #40-ish....last time this topic came up a couple of years ago, the nitty gritty was being sorted as early as post #5!
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Originally Posted by Yorkieabroad View Post
Now this raises another issue.....say you board in New York, dump to a retention tank going through Ohio and get off in South Dakota, but the train continues on to California before emptying the holding tanks, can you still claim California?

Interesting that this discussion didn't start till post #40-ish....last time this topic came up a couple of years ago, the nitty gritty was being sorted as early as post #5!
I'd say that it was the state of evacuation that matters, although there's always some chancer out there that's trying to game the system.
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